Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Day To Reflect

After over four hundred consective days of posts I am taking a day to reflect today.

The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Margaret Mahler.

The blog will return to abnormal tomorrow.

Be well and enjoy the day.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cable Bills, Amazing Rescues, & Weird Tax Deductions

An update on my friends Mark and Sandra. She made it to UC San Diego Medical Center and exploratory surgery is planned for today. Your prayers vibes and good thoughts are working so keep them up.

How much would pay for a cable TV bill? If would pass out if I got the following bill:

Nothing better than an incredible rescue story for a Wednesday:

Even better for me than a good rescue story are outrageous things people try to deduct on their tax returns. And sometimes get away with it:

I did the tax return once for an exotic dancer and wrote off her breast implants because her income doubled (what does that say about us men?). I followed a court case that was one by the once famous Carol Doda that allowed the deduction.

What would you do if you got a several million dollar cable bill, were gardening and all of sudden disappeared, and what would you really like to deduct on your tax return? You can also comment on anything else you wish to.


I was born in 1897 and died in 1985 and like Monday's Who Am I was known for the theory of child development. I into a Jewish family in Sopron, a small town in western Hungary. My younger sister & I had a difficult childhood as a result of my parents' troubled marriage. Dad, however, encouraged me to excel in mathematics and other sciences. After studying art I switched to medical school. Three semesters later I began medical training at the University of Munich, but was forced to leave because of tensions toward Jews. At age 39 I married and due to Nazi's rose in power we moved to Britain and then on to the U.S. After receiving a New York medical license I set up private practice in a basement and began to build my clientele. I worked as a psychoanalyst with young disturbed children and co-founded the Masters Children’s Centre in Manhattan. If you learn about SEPARATION-INDIVIDUALISM you will be able to answer the question, Who Am I?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Keep On Praying, Keep on Sending Positive Vibes.

The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Susan Sutherland Issacs.

Keep praying for Mark and Sandra. I got a call from him last night. Sandra is in I.C.U. They are trying to find her a bed at the U.C. Medical Center in San Diego. If they can't find a bed for her to do surgery "she has a few days." It is an unknown virus that is attacking her lungs. All this on top of Mark recovering from prostate cancer surgery just last week. That is just to damn much for one man to deal with. Keep praying. Keep sending positive thoughts.

Unusual happening at work. The boss sent me an e-mail yesterday asking me if I would share my thoughts about the man mentioned before on the blog. My response would be confidential between the two bosses and myself. I didn't have to do it if I didn't want to. I did respond without condemning him but also listing my concerns. I pointed out that he has had to adjust to four things and that was a lot for anyone to adjust to. The software we use is Lacerte. It is a voluminous tax program and covers everything including the kitchen sink and an according to him more difficult than the one he used at his last employer. So not only does he have to adjust to a new system he has to learn a very difficult program. I won't mention the concerns here but if you follow the blog you already know.

On to today's post. Prostate cancer is on my mind right now and here is a warning for anyone taking depressants or prostate cancer drugs:

Moving on to ultimate stupidity:

Sometimes things just come to a head:

Looking forward to your responses.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Making Whoopie

Good to start out the week with a little whoopie, no?

Ok, you read that and think this dude has to be from Mars. Women are from Venus and Men are from mars. No kidding aside I may very well be from Mars:

Now you probably think after reading the above two articles there is just no hope for me. But when there are women like the one in the following article there is always hope:

I am off to work but will be checking in throughout the day to see your reaction to whoopie, out of this world dudes, and hope.


I was born in 1885 and died in 1948 and I was an educational psychologist and psychoanalyst. I published studies on the intellectual and social development of children and promoted the nursery school movement. For me developing a child’s independence is the best way for children to learn the role of adults. I was the daughter of a journalist and Methodist lay preacher. My mom died when I was six years old. At the age of fifteen I was removed from Bolton Secondary School by my father because I had converted to atheistic socialism and my father refused to speak to her for 2 years. I was among the first to bring together education, psychology and psychoanalysis. I believed that it is important to develop children's skills to think clearly and exercise independent judgment. At age 19 I married a botany lecturer. A thirty-eight I became the first Head of the Child Development Department at the Institute of Education, University of London, where I established an advanced course in child development for teachers of young children. Are you interest in THE BIOLOGICAL INTERESTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN? If you are and also are concerned with THE INTELLECTUAL GROWTH OF YOUNG CHILDREN, you should be able to answer the question, Who Am I?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Taxing Update

I always like Sundays. Love to read the Sunday paper with a good cup of coffee and a nice breakfast sandwich while checking out the coupons. Then on the blog it is the most relaxing day of the week for me because I get to do my favorite thing, hear about what is going on in your lives.

Since this was a taxing weekend for me (I finished my taxes) I thought I would share some tax advise for the readers here:

I agree with most everything in the article it makes a ton of sense.

Last week. Three and a half days at work. One and a half days at home being sick. I did find out that they really care about me at work. They went overboard offering to take work away from me if I am feeling stress. The bosses both came back to talk to me. I thought they would be upset that I missed work at a busy time, instead they were afraid they were working me to hard. It makes me want to please them even more. The problem dude at work is still there and seems to be improving. I decided to take a different approach with him. I told him this week that I was glad he was there because he was making me look good. I took mom out to lunch last Sunday and fixed lunch and dinner for her Saturday. Sis, Brother-in-law, Mom, and I went out to dinner on Thursday. In between I finished a work project for Mark and did my own taxes. When completing my tax return I had a four word reaction, damn I am poor.

On the agenda this week. Today is taking mom out for lunch, finishing another assignment for Mark, and do the Who Am I questions for the week. Then next week there will be six days of work. Crunch time so I am going to give another day to the firm. On Wednesday I plan on taking lunch to Mom on my break and I am sure there will be a family dinner in there some where.

Update on my friends Mark & Sandy. Mark had in office surgery for prostate cancer on Tuesday and is doing well. I'm worried about him not taking care of himself because Sandy has been in the hospital since last Sunday. A virus has got into her lungs and she can't get oxygen. After his surgery on Tuesday he has been spending twelve to fourteen hours a day at Sandy's bedside. While I think he is being the best husband ever I think he needs to rest and take care of himself or he isn't going to be able to take care of anyone. The last report is Sandy may be going home today. Your positive thoughts, prayers, and anything you can muster to throw their way will be appreciated.

The entertainment update. I thought the cast for this season's Dancing With The Stars left a lot to be desired. Then I was knocked of my toes because this was one of the best opening nights of DWTS ever. They were all having a ball and what a shock but Kirstie Alley can really shake it. I picked the Karate Kid last week to win it and he had the highest score but Alley wasn't far behind. Then we have football player, Hines Ward, watching him dance you just knew he was thinking, "I don't care what my score is, I'm having fun." On Celebrity Apprentice Nikki Taylor was eliminated but gained everyone's respect including mine because she took responsibility and didn't throw anyone under the bus. On The Amazing Race, my favorites, the cowboy dudes finished first and the former NFL cheerleaders, Jaime & Cara got sent packing.

That is my update now give me yours! The blog is now yours to do what you please or post what you please.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Up For Grabs

The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Agatha Christie

Need money? Check out the following article:

After finding some unexpected cash are you dying to have a cup of coffee to celebrate?

If you woke up after a nineteen year slumber would coffee be your first choice? Or would a juicy steak.?

My comments about the above articles:

I checked the IRS web site even though I know I have nothing coming. Better safe than sorry.

I'm not sure how to react to the coffee in the funeral home. I guess anything to make family members more comfortable during a terrible time is fine by me.

The last article bothers me in so many ways. However, what a hero attorney Ellen Eggers is. What bothered me the most in the article was the state's refusal to listen to a witness coming forward. Courts just don't like to admit they are wrong. Sad really.

You have my comments, now I would love to hear yours.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Freaky Friday

I'm calling to day Freaky Friday with some unusual and in some cases freaky. Let's start the day off with an unusual story that is just very touching and will have you going "ahhhhhhh:

I'd adopted the featured pup in the above story in a minute.

Now let's move from charming to just plan weird:

Even if I could I wouldn't want to turn my feet backwards.

From the weird back to the unusual and in some ways fun:

Line dancing for Jesus might be more appropriate but the above article makes me want to attend their church!

Hope this day will start a great weekend for you. Looking forward to your responses:

Who Am I

I'm pretty famous, certainly more famous then most of Bill's Who Am I's, I was born in 1890 and died in 1976. I was a novelist and there was a period of time that due to a popular CBS TV show I was confused with Angela Lansbury. I wrote murder mystery, thriller, crime fiction, detective, and romances. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, I am the best-selling writer of books of all time and, with William Shakespeare, the best-selling author of any kind. Only the Bible has sold more than my roughly four billion copies of novels. My mother was the daughter of a British Army captain. I was the youngest of three children. During the First World War I worked at a hospital as a nurse. I later worked at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced my work, as many of the murders in my books are carried out with poison. I married an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. We had one daughter before wey divorced. At age forty I married for a second time, we were happy until I died. During the Second World War I worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital, London, where I acquired a knowledge of poisons. I was revered as a master of suspense, plotting, and characterization. If you want a MURDER free train trip don't take a trip ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. They you can sit back and answer the question, Who Am I?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tigers & Dragons

The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Gabriela Mistral. You can read her poems here:

Let's start the day off with a very charming story:

Next up is a not so charming story but one we all should be aware of.

And last but not least one of the questions that I have always asked myself is whether I was a tiger or a dragon. Now I know the answer.

I just barely made it to Yang (Tiger) with a 70.

Doesn't matter to me if you are a Ying or Yang I am looking forward to all of your comments.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Religion, CPR, & Hobbies

It is back to work today since I'm feeling pretty good.

I really do try to find some interesting articles for the blog and also try to cover several different subjects. I will most often stay away from religion and politics. They just two subjects where people are pretty set in their beliefs and you stand a good chance to offend someone. However, today I found the following article about religion pretty fascinating. Make sure you click on "read the full article."

One of the reasons I love living in Oregon is that we just do things differently. I've stated before that Ashland is by far my favorite city in Oregon. The following is one of the reasons why:

We have talked about hobbies before. Unusual hobbies. What do you think your doctor is up to after hours? You might be surprised.

Enjoy the day!


I was born in 1889 and died in 1957, I led the life as an educator, diplomat and poet and won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Central themes in my poems are nature, betrayal, love, a mother's love, sorrow and recovery, travel, and Latin American identity as formed from a mixture of Native American and European influences. As a youngster I attended the Primary school taught by my older sister. My father abandoned the family before I was three years old. Throughout my early years I was never far from poverty. By age fifteen I was supporting myself and mother. Although my formal education had ended by the time I was eleven, I was able to get work as a teacher thanks to my older sister. I was able to rise from one post to another because of my publications in local and national newspapers and magazines. After spending two years in Mexico I traveled from Laredo, Texas to Washington D.C. where I addressed the Pan American Union, went on to New York, then toured Europe. After I returned home to Chile where I formally retired from the nation's education system, and received a pension. I was the first Latin American, and fifth woman, to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. I received the award in person from King Gustav of Sweden. At age 67 I died in New York from pancreatic cancer. Nine days later my body was returned to Chile where the Chilean government declared three days of national mourning, and hundreds of thousands of Chileans came to pay me their respects. My most famous quote lives on: “We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow,’ his name is today.” Who Am I?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Common Sense & Nightmares

The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Louise Arner Boyd.

I am home from work today because although I am feeling better it is just common sense to take another day to recuperate so that I don't relapse because that would be a nightmare.

Speaking of common sense here is an article how to avoid injury after forty:

I could have written the article in four words, don't do anything stupid.

Nightmares? We all have them. I have two recurring ones. The first one is I am in a long line at the movie theater and can't find my wallet. I can't find my wallet because I'm not wearing any clothes. Where would I put my wallet anyhow? In the other recurring nightmare I am being held hostage with several other people in a bank robbery. Of course I become the hero by tackling the gun toting robber and save the day. After reading today's Oregonian I know longer wish to have that nightmare. Ever wonder what it is like to be held hostage?

Maybe in some other instance the person held hostage might come out of it better than this single mom did but you have to wonder if the Mom's story isn't more common.

Speaking of nightmares. What would you do if your health insurance company declared you dead when you weren't?

Maybe they should have noticed the premiums were no longer being taken out of their back account and screamed a little earlier but still there has to a better way to solve this issue than with attorneys.

Your comments are appreciated.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Briefs

Doing a brief post today as I am fighting a cold. Not bad enough to keep me from work but at the uncomfortable annoying stage.

First up is a story I am guessing that Pat will like:

Next up is a an article that I think DR will like:

I am closing with an article I think everyone will like:


I was born in 1887 and died in 1972. I was an American explorer of Greenland and the Arctic, who wrote extensively of my explorations, and became the first woman to fly over the North Pole privately chartering a DC-4 and crew. I inherited the family fortune in 1920 after the death of my parents two older brothers. With the inheritance I could control my own destiny and indulge my intrepid spirit. I was presented to the King and Queen of England and soon after chartered the supply ship "Hobby" which had been used by famous explorer Roald Amundsen, for a hunting and filming trip to the Arctic. I was planning a second pleasure trip aboard the "Hobby" when it was learned that the famous Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had recently disappeared in his own attempt to find and rescue the Italian explorer Umberto Nobile. I offered my services and the ship to the Norwegian government to search for Amundsen, saying, “How could I go on a pleasure trip when those 22 lives were at stake?” She traveled about 10,000 miles (16,100 km) across the Arctic Ocean but found no trace of him. Nevertheless, the Norwegian government awarded me the Chevalier Cross of the Order of Saint Olav. I was the first American woman to receive the order and the third woman in the world to be so honored. When World War II started I went on an expedition and its findings were helpful in the war effort. I received an official commendation from the National Bureau of Standards for my work. During the remainder of the war I worked on secret assignments for the U.S. Department of the Army. I was the first woman ever to receive the Cullum Medal of the American Geographical Society and was the first woman to be elected to their board. Bill wonders if you know "The Girl Who Tamed The Artic" because if you do you will be able to answer the question, Who Am I.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Inspirational Update

Let's start update day with an inspirational story:

Last week. One dinner out with the family. The movie The Lincoln Lawyer (very good). Went to Mom's for lunch on Wednesday. I fixed the lunch at home and then took it over on my lunch break. That gave sis a break. One lunch out with Mom last Sunday. Five days of work. I think the before mentioned man is there for the duration of tax season but I have my doubts if he will be back next year. I finished three of my own work projects and one of Mark and Paul's. I made great progress on the preparation of my individual tax return. It is taking longer this year because a computer crash did away with my calendar where I record auto miles and other things. I've got it restored through September.

One the agenda for this week. Today is lunch with and shopping for Mom. Five days of work is on the agenda. One dinner out with the family, one lunch over to Mom's on Wednesday, finish my individual tax return, and shop for three emergency kits, one for Mom, one for Sis, and one for me. Better safe than sorry. Time permitting I am going to write a family contact plan in case of emergency and an evacuation exit plan.

Entertainment update. Eliminated on The Celebrity Apprentice was Lisa and I really wanted it to be Dionne Warwick. Nobody was eliminated on The Amazing Race. The final three on Top Chef are Antonia, Richard, and Michael. Tiffany was eliminated. I would usually root for the woman but for some reason I'm really liking Michael this season and want him to win. Dancing With The Stars starts tomorrow with what I think is a very uninteresting cast. Kirstie Alley, Ralph Macchio, Hines Ward, Kendra Wilkinson, Petra Nemcova, Wendy Williams, Mike Catherwood, Lil' Romeo, Chris Jericho, Chelsea Kane & Sugar Ray Leonard hit the dance floor. I'm kind of thinking Kendra Wilkinson & Ralph Macchio will be the best dancers.

The blog is now yours. Post what you damn well please but I do hope to hear about your lives.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Relationship Saturday.

Make sure you go out and look at the moon tonight. It is going to appear to be the largest moon you have seen in ages. Why? According to an article I read the Moon is closer to the Earth than it has been in eighteen years.

The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was the designer of Hearst Castle, Julia Morgan.

I am calling today "Relationship Saturday" because all three articles have to do with gender issues. I am trying something new today and while I might comment on an article I will withhold my opinion until I read your input.

First up is marriage:

Next up is boys becoming men or is that men becoming boys?

Last on the list is punishment for cheating:

Fire away.

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Teaching Moment.

I got some bad news yesterday. M & S are both clients and friends. I've known them for over thirty years. They asked me a few years ago to be executor of their estate. They didn't want one of their kids to do it because they didn't want to create a battle between the kids. I was the one outside of the family that the trusted the most so I agreed to do it for them. Last summer on a flight home from the East Coast S picked up a virus and has been ill since. She has undergone several tests and treatments. In an e-mail from Mark yesterday he said S wasn't doing well at all. Then he threw in another kicker, he has prostate cancer. He has surgery on Tuesday. I know they would appreciate some positive energies, good vibes, and/or prayers if that is your style. I know they have mine.

Teachers have a hard job. They work hard and right now due to budget concerns the work under not the best of circumstances. During school I had some really good teachers (Thank you Baldy Foster) and some clueless teachers (take that Mr. Phelps). Overall I say most teachers do their job and do their job well. However, once in a while a teacher like the one mentioned in the following article slips into the job:

Is this teacher a good teacher? Was this the right thing for him to teach or was he off the mark? I think if he was going to teach the subject he should have had enough brains to get parental approval first.

On to the good. Another method to help teachers:

Away from teaching for the final article of the day. I've never liked Ann Coulter. I thought she was rude, ignorant, and mean. It surprises me that the media gives her so much attention. Here is the latest from her:

Do you believe her? Is radiation good for you?

Looking forward to your comments.

Who Am I?

I was born in 1872 and died at the age of eighty-five. I was an American architect. The architect of over 700 buildings in California. I am known for designing castles but designed multiple buildings for institutions serving women and girls. I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in civil engineering. After that I headed to Paris to apply to the famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Denied at first because the school was not accepting women, and a second time because I failed the entrance exam. After two years I finally passed the entrance exams in the architecture program, placing 13th out of 376 applicants, and was duly admitted. I was the first woman to graduate with a degree in architecture from the school in Paris. I eventually opened my own office in the city by the bay. My most famous client was a magnate and and antiquities collector. Five of the Southern California YWCA buildings were designed by me. If you go to San Simeon and see who the castle there was designed by you will be able to answer the question, Who Am I?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Going Green

The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Caroline Lucretia Hershel.

Hope you are going green today. I would hate for any of you to be pinched. Happy St. Patrick's Day. Do ever wonder what the history of St. Patrick's Day is? I have at time. I'm not really Irish but I must look like I am because several have asked if I am Irish. That did make me wonder about the history of going green on March 17 each year.

I didn't know he was originally a pagan, did you?

Are you serving a special lunch or dinner today?

Here are some pretty good ideas:

Chocolate Guiness Cake with Irish Cream Caramel Sauce sounds pretty good.

In some circles Saint Patrick was considered to be a hero, so in honor of today let's end today's post with a good story and honor a young hero.

The word of the day is Celebrate. I am doing so with a dinner out with the family. I hope you enjoy the day. I'm looking forward to your thoughts about today's post.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Luck, Lines, & Iodide

The week will be half over at noon. I'm looking forward to the weekend because I always get a lot done on Saturday and get to spend time with Mom on Sunday. I also run errands for both Mom and I and sometimes I have to put up with long lines. What is worth to you to be first in line?

I don't think I'd pay to be first in line and if I did I wouldn't give nine hundred bucks and you?

Sometimes the purpose of my blog is to provide information and sometimes warnings. Here is a combination of both:

Don't let the fear of radiation cause you to do stupid things that could hurt your health.

Are you lucky? We all need a little luck, don't we? Well the man in the following video certainly had luck on his side:

Off to slay a few tax returns at work. Looking forward to your comments.


I was born in 1750 and died in 1848. I was a British astronomer, as was my brother. My most significant contribution to astronomy was the discovery of several comets. At the age of ten I was struck with Typhus, a bacterial disease spread by lice or fleas. This disease stunted my growth and I never grew past four foot three. Due to this deformation, my family assumed that I would never marry and that it was best for me to remain a house servant. I possessed incredible dexterity in polishing mirrors and mounting telescopes involving astonishing discipline which my brother did not have. My brother was my love and I became very bitter when he married. His wife tried to get along with but she never succeeded. I did not abandon my astronomical studies after my brother died, continuing to verify and confirm his findings, At age 85 I was elected to honorary membership of the Royal Astronomical Society; one of the two who were first honorary women members. At the age of I was awarded the Gold Medal for Science by the King of Prussia. I died at age 97, prior to my death my health continued uninterrupted, my faculties perfect, and my memory clear. An interesting fact about me was that even though I had many scientific accomplishments, and was able to discover and achieve what most men were unable to in the 1800s I lacked the knowledge of multiplication. I never learned my multiplication tables because I had to learn them so late in life; therefore I always carried a table on a sheet of paper in my pocket to aid me while working. You know of glass slippers and Cinderella but do you know of the Celestial Cinderella? If you do you will be able to answer the question, Who Am I?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Unusual & The Different

The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Sister Elizabeth Kenney and the sister being an Australian military title not the nun title.

The man survived at work but was negative all day. I really have a hard time being around negative people. They create havoc all around them.

On to today's post. The theme today is the unusual and different.

Are you going friend the Pope?

While I wouldn't mind having more friends on Facebook, it just seems wrong to have the Pope as one.

I never did like snakes but I kind of feel sorry for this one.

Well, maybe I feel more sorry for the woman.

Speaking of weird animal stories:

I'm off to work to tackle a herd of tax returns. Looking forward to your comments.


If don't want to friend the Pope, aren't already my friend there, and would like a new friend you can find me there under William J. Dahn.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Healthy Monday

The theme today is health. This is healthy Monday. The first two articles I would classify as good news and the last article will put a lot of you in hog heaven. The following along with the health theme is one of my favorite Who Am Is. When I researched this one I just thought what a special lady she must have been.

First good news part I:

Next good news part II:

If I have a sex change and drink a lot of coffee I may be good to go.

Now on to hog heaven:

May you have a healthy week!

Who Am I?

I was born in 1880 and died in 1952. I was an Australian pioneering physical therapist. When I was 14 I fell from a horse and broke my wrist. Dad took me to Dr. Aeneas McDonnell in Toowoomba where I was cared for during my convalescence. While there, I studied McDonnell's anatomy books and model skeleton. That began a life long association with McDonnell, who became my mentor and advisor. I then became interested in how the muscles worked. Instead of using a model skeleton, as they were only available for medical students, I made my own. When I returned home I began working as an unofficial Bush Nurse. Soon, using the money I earned by brokering potatoes, I opened a cottage hospital, where I treated my first cases of polio. Actually, there was an outbreak of what was thought to be infantile paralysis on the Darling Downs just before World War I, and cases came to my cottage hospital. After I followed the advice of a "Lodge Doctor" assigned to their area I called McDonnell for assurance. He wired back, "...treat them according to the symptoms as they present themselves." Sensing that their muscles were very tight I did what the Lodge doctor advised and what mothers around the world did: applied hot compress and weights made from woolen blankets to their legs . I wrote that a little girl woke up very much relieved and said, "Please, I want them rags that well my legs." When World War I began I volunteered to serve as a nurse. I was not officially qualified, but as nurses were badly needed I was accepted and assigned to "Dark Ships", transports that ran with all lights off between Australia and England carrying war goods and soldiers one way and wounded soldiers and trade goods on the return voyage. I served on these dangerous missions throughout the war, making sixteen round trips plus one around the world via the Panama Canal. I earned the title of Sister, which in the Australian Army Nurse Corps is the equivalent of a First Lieutenant. I used that title for the rest of my life.. During the final months of the war I served for a few weeks as a matron in a soldier's hospital near Brisbane. I gave my profits to the Australian Country Women's Association. I once headed the Gallup poll's Most Admired Women list, the only woman in the first 10 years of the list to displace Eleanor Roosevelt for the #1 spot. Between 1934 and my death I and associates treated millions of polio victims throughout the world. My treatments are also suggested to be the basis for Livy Walton's recovery in The Waltons first season episode "An Easter Story". Alan Alda credits my treatments that he received from his mother as a young boy for his complete recovery from polio. Bill wonders why he had not previously heard of this marvelous woman. Think of the PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED and know AND THEY SHALL WALK and you will no know this woman too and will be answer the question, Who Am I?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Weird Update

I hope you all moved your clocks an hour ahead last night before you went to bed, if not do it now or you will be an hour late wherever you go.

First, a late Happy Birthday to Pat!

My update:

Last week. Lunch out with Mom. Dinner out with friends. Five days of work. Three of my own work assignments. One assignment of Mark & Paul. One day I made Mom lunch before I went to work and then went over on my lunch hour to have lunch with her, that saved my sister some work. Not a lot of me time in there.

On the agenda next week: finish my individual tax return (corporate done). finish two of my own work projects, five days of work at the job, one going over to lunch with Mom during the week, today it is laundry and taking Mom lunch and shopping. I also will have to fill out the NCAA tournament bracket at work. They do things like that and they also provide us with lunch on Fridays. Not much else is on the agenda unless I can make time to clean house.

Entertainment update.

Eliminated from The Amazing Race, Mike and Mel. I like the Amazing Race and one of the reasons why is the team that does the worst gets eliminated, it isn't decided by judges or an ego maniac. Eliminated on Top Chef All Stars was Carla. I'm fine with that. On Celebrity Apprentice Richard Hatch should have been eliminated but it was David Cassidy.

Since the blog is short a couple of articles:

That dude is really weird.

Now meet the really weird:

I'm not welcoming that spider in my house.

You know the drill. This is when you tell me about your lives. Fire away.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Laughing Elephants.

The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Betty Friedan.

My heart just goes out to those killed or injured in Japan and their families. The destruction is unbelievable. The Japanese are strong and I know they will pull together and rebuild better then ever. Peace be with them.

While my heart is with those in Japan, I can't help but ask the question, would the United States be ready for a disaster that huge?

After that article we need a laugh:

Are you going to enter the contest?

Do you have the memory of an Elephant? Do you believe in teamwork?

Does the article surprise you? It doesn't really surprise me.

Off to spend the day on getting all my work done at home. I want to be caught up just in case what I expect to happen, happens. I have this feeling that someone may be let go at work & we are all going to have to pitch in to make up for it. I may be off base and completely wrong but I'm not the only one upset with the previously mentioned employee. When you stop acting like an adult and think people are "sabotaging" you, you have one foot out the door.

Enjoy your weekend

Friday, March 11, 2011

Stay Safe West Coast.

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The West Coast is under a Tsunami warning. The warning is expected between 7:00 and 8:00 A.M. this morning to hit the U.S. Waves can travel as much as 500 miles per hour. The wave length can be between sixty and three hundred miles. I'm writing this early this morning before taking off for work. Let's hope the warning proves to be unnecessary. We all have friends up and down the west coast and I'm praying for all their and everyone's safety.

Do you think women often sabotage their financial future? Frankly, I don't think that behavior is gender specific I think we all do that at times:

Do you agree with the author? I think she has some valid points but disagree with theme.

Talk about one lucky dude:;_ylt=Airz0SOGAtjitcRCsQDTBkOs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTN2cmY4NW5mBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwMzExL3VzX2dvbGRlbl9nYXRlX2p1bXBlcl9saXZlcwRjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzkEcG9zAzYEcHQDaG9tZV9jb2tlBHNlYwN5bl9oZWFkbGluZV9saXN0BHNsawNjYWxpZnRlZW5zdXI-

I honestly don't remember doing anything on a dare. I just thought anyone that dared me should be willing to do what they were trying to get me to do first and they never did. Have you ever done anything stupid on a dare?

Enjoy your Friday. To my West Coast friends, stay safe.


I was born in 1921 and died in 2006. I was an American writer, activist, and feminist and a leading figure in the Women's Movement sparking the second wave of the movement with one of my books. I was the first president of an organization, not Gloria. I stepped down as their president and organized the nation-wide Women's Strike for Equality. In the march I led over 50,000 women and men. My dad owned a jewelry store and mom wrote a society page for a newspaper. As a young girl I was active in Marxist and Jewish circles. I led other feminists in de-railing the nomination of Supreme Court nominee G. Harold Carswell whose record of racial discrimination and anti-feminism made him unacceptable and unfit to sit on the highest court in the land to many in the civil rights and feminist movements. I am credited for starting the contemporary feminist movement and writing one of the cornerstones of American feminism. The New York Times obituary for me noted that I was "famously abrasive" and that I could be "thin-skinned and imperious, subject to screaming fits of temperament." I married a theatre-producer in 1947 while working at UE News and continued to work after marriage, first as a paid employee and then as a freelance journalist. We divorced in 1969. I claimed in my memoir that my husband had beaten me during our marriage; friends recalled having to cover up black eyes in time for press conferences. Bill is fascinated by the FEMININE MYSTIQUE. If you are too you will be able to answer the question, Who Am I?

Thursday, March 10, 2011


The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Peter Rabbit. Ok, I lied, it was the very interesting Beatrix Potter.

I like heroes. Let's celebrate one today:

There are good people and bad people. There are good robots and bad robots. I like this robot better than the professor:;_ylt=AtaXUNYsbaCZWhkWyYZntn2s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFkNXVmdWtmBHBvcwMxNDkEc2VjA2FjY29yZGlvbl9oZWFsdGgEc2xrA2thc3BhcnRoZWZyaQ--

Can't have a day without the unusual can we? I thought the following story was interesting:

Thursday means Friday is tomorrow, Yea!! Then Saturday I can catch up on my work.

Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Good Friends

I had a really nice dinner out last night with friends of over thirty years. Dr. T and his wife Kris. They were my first clients. I didn't have an office when I first started out so I would go to their home to do their taxes and she would always make me chocolate chip cookies. My dad would refer to her as "the cookie lady." Dr. T was once mentioned as one of the best young doctors in Oregon but sometimes life takes a cruel turn. He had to retire from medicine when he came down with MS. He looked great last night. During my last couple of years of owning my practice Kris worked for me. Her and my Mom were the two best employees I had.

On the problem I have/had at work I've kind of changed from being frustrated by him to kind of feeling empathy for him. A couple of things that happened yesterday made me think he is losing his memory and that means I will be more understanding in the future.

I'm starting out the day with a story that Pat is just going to love:

Stupidity knows no bounds.

Continuing the theme from yesterday and why there was an International Women's Day.

I like the point she made about men not being forgetten. However, I never thought that I just thought we all should be equal and treated equally.

Have an unusual talent? Want to try something different? Want fame? Then check out the following article:

Comments are appreciated.


I was a social reformer, children's author and illustraror. I was born in 1866 and died in 1943. I was educated by governesses and grew up isolated from other children. I was widely respected in the field of mycology. The rabbit made me rich in my thirties and I bought a farm. Over time I bought property around me. I married at age 47 to a local solicitor. I became a sheep breeder and farmer while continuing to write and illustrate children's books. I published twenty-three books. My uncle tried to introduce me as a student at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, but I was rejected because I was a woman. When I was 27 and on holiday in Scotland I sent a picture and story about rabbits to the five-year-old son of my last governess who was the first to notice the literary and commercial value of my work. I got the letter back and made a book out of it that was rejected by all publishers I sent the work to. You most likely have heard of the three blind mice but have you heard of THE TALE OF TWO BAD MICE? Learn of them and you can answer the question, Who Am I?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day

Work went well yesterday and everybody lived. The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Rosa Bonheur.

There is a new type of professor making the rounds:

Is this professor a cost saving invention that will make tuition decline or a bad idea that will cost jobs for human professors and take the emotion out of education//.

Now the rest of the post will devoted to International Women's Day

Marlo Thomas remembers:

Then Marlo gives us a quiz:

Thanks to the Who Am I, I had heard of every woman in the quiz but only got eight out of ten. How did you do?

Since most that read my blog are women I am just going to close with just a little bit of advise; Celebrate yourself, celebrate International Women's Day.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Peer Pressure

Got a good nights sleep last and I'm ready to face the day and slay a windmill or two. As I get ready to go to work I was kind of wondering what the happiest jobs in the world are:

Yea, I am the sixth happiest! But I really am surprised that Customer Service is number two. Annoying people must be enjoyable. What surprises you?

Sometimes I have peanut butter toast for breakfast. Not going to be Skippy this morning:

Check your kitchen and your pantries and toss Skippy.

To quote an unknown man on his ninety-fifth birthday when he was asked what the best thing about being in his nineties was, "No peer pressure." But maybe peer pressure isn't that bad of a thing:

Ok I want you all to put pressure on your peers to comment on today's post. That is after you comment of course.


I was born in 1822 and died in 1899. I was a French animalière, realist artist, and sculptor. As a painter I became famous primarily for two chief works: one depicts a team of oxen plowing a file attended by peasants set against a vast pastoral landscape; the second is about a horse fair. I am widely considered to have been the most famous female painter of the nineteenth century. I was the oldest child in a family of artists. My father was a landscape and portrait painter and an early adherent of Saint-Simonianism, a Christian-socialist sect that promoted the education of women alongside men. The Saint-Simonians also prophesied the coming of a female messiah. My mother who died when I was eleven, had been a piano teacher. My younger siblings included the animal painters and an animal sculptor. By family accounts I had been an unruly child and had a difficult time learning to read. To remedy this my mother taught me to read and write by having me select and draw an animal for each letter of the alphabet. Although I was sent to school like my brothers, sI was a disruptive force in the classroom and was expelled from numerous schools. I eventually went to art school and received a French government commission. One of the reasons I am famous today is that I was known for wearing men's clothing and living with women. When people questioned my clothing, I said wearing men's trousers was practical as it facilitated my work with animals. Have you ever been to THE HORSE FAIR. Go there and you will be able to answer the question, Who Am I?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Relative Update

My update.

Relatives: My aunt that broke her hip comes home next Wednesday. My cousin L that has two types of cancer, one is in remission, one is dormant. They think it is dormant because they can't find it, it may still be there just undetectable. They won't treat it until it can be located. My cousin Jack who was supposed to die of prostrate cancer by 12-09 is in remission. Alive and well, he just gets tired easily. My leg is 99% healed. Mom is declining. She always does when I don't spend as much time there as I usually do. Makes me feel guilty but I just can't do three jobs and Mom, it is to daunting.

On the agenda last week:

The Oscars, car fixed, my corporate tax return completed, one work project for the guys that bought my business finished, two of my own work projects finished, two dinners out with the family, one lunch out with mom, one maddening lunch out with a co-worker, four days of work (it would have been five but there computer crashed. It worked out well for me because I was able to get a lot of work done at home.), grocery shopping, and bill paying.

On the agenda for next week:

Five days of work. Maybe one dead co-worker. Wednesday I'm taking lunch to Mom during my lunch break, Today and next Saturday I'm taking Mom to lunch. Then the normal stuff. Grocery shopping, etc.

Entertainment Update:

Nobody was eliminated on Top Chef. I didn't watch The Amazing Race due to the Oscars but rumor has it that Kris & Amanda were eliminated. The Celebrity Apprentice starts tonight and Dancing With The Stars starts two weeks from Monday.

Before turning the blog over to you I am going to share an uplifting video:

You know the drill. The blog is yours to do whatever you please and also where you update me on what went on and what well go on in your lives. Special credit for deep dark secrets.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Complaint Time.

The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.

Been kind of a different week. The car did get fixed. Then I did my corporate tax return this morning. I picture the IRS and The Ford Garage playing tug of war with my checkbook. I'm also starting to be bugged by something going on at work. Stealing a line from yesterday's blog entry, trying to train someone that is a know-it-all is like skiing uphill. I'm about ready to tell him the facts of life but I don't want to create discord at the office. He will ask me a question, which I will answer. Then one or two things happen. He will say he already knew the answer (then why in the hell did you ask me the question?" or he will say "That isn't right." (if you don't trust my answer then go ask someone whose answer you trust and leave me alone.) It also bothers me because there is the possibility it effects my pay. I get an hourly rate or one-third of the billings whichever is higher, if I spend time training him then the possibility of me exceeding my hourly rate is pretty small. OK, enough bitching. On to today's post:

Good idea or bad idea?

Since I may be in the market for a new car I liked the following report:

I already knew of what was in the article but not all of it.

I'm going to end with the story of a friendship:

I was surprised by some of the information in the sidebar of the article. Especially this one "Every day, about 18 Americans die from not receiving a vital organ. " That is just crying shame.

Comment away.

Friday, March 4, 2011


Friday is for fun and that is what we going to do today, give you the tools to have fun.

First, up you have to be awake to have fun and we all know coffee will keep you awake:

I never knew coffee was so complicated.

Some of us probably need therapy before we can have fun. Why not have a really different type of therapy:

That is pretty sharp therapy but I think I will pass.

It is always fun to do something different.

I'm going to try to do something different this weekend just to have fun. I don't know what it will be but it won't be skiing uphill.

Comment away.

Who Am I?

I was born in 1689 and died in 1762 and was known as an English aristocrat and writer. I am remembered for my letters, particularly my letters from Turkey, as wife to the British ambassador, which have been described as “the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient”. I am reported to be related to Romeo and Juliet, as my ancestors were close friends of Shakespeare, and he liked our surname. Some of my writings offended the Pope and the doofus attacked me. When I was fifty I left my husband and went abroad, and although we continued to write to each other in affectionate and respectful terms, we never met again. I am mentioned in the Doctor Who novel Only Human by Gareth Roberts as an example of why marrying for love is overrated. My poetry is circulated widely, in manuscript. On a recent episode of the British TV show Antiques Roadshow, several paintings attributed to me were brought in for valuation. Remarkable for their sensitive portrayals of royal courtiers of the Turkish Empire, the paintings show lively and genuine artistic talent. The colors are still vibrant, and it is interesting to note that she was allowed to paint male members of the royal family. These valuable works are currently in the hands of a private owner, who plans to bequeath them to a museum. If you have read the TURKISH EMBASSEY LETTERS then you can answer the question, Who Am I?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

One Thing or The Otter.

The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Mary Pickford. She was first married to Douglas Fairbanks, therefore the clue in the Who Am I "during her first marriage she wondered about how fair banks were."

First up is a good news story. Maybe not good news for us but certainly good news for the Otter.

Do you know happens a week from Saturday? Well actually it is a week from Sunday morning at 2:00 A.M. I will give you a hint, I complain about it twice a year. Even after reading the following article I still don't like it. Explain it all you want it is stupid.

Next up is a continuation of a theme of one of the articles from yesterday. I apologize for the couple uses of the "F" word and think the article could have easily made its point without the use of it but still the article makes some valid points. I'm not so sure I agree that men are under attack, they are just being put in places that women have been put in for years.;_ylt=AgDS47sxJSsCVk1qs4r3UUas0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTR2azcyc2NwBGFzc2V0A2RhaWx5YmVhc3QvMjAxMTAzMDMvMTI3MTJfbWFubmluZ3VwdGhyZWVuZXdib29rc29udGhlbWFsZWlkZW50aXR5Y3Jpc2lzBGNjb2RlA21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDOQRwb3MDNgRwdANob21lX2Nva2UEc2VjA3luX2hlYWRsaW5lX2xpc3QEc2xrA21vZGVybm1hbGVjbw--

Off to get ready for work. I am assuming my car will start, if not I may be a little ticked. Pre-emptive ticking, that has been my style lately. Comment away.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Woman, Cats, & Myths

We all knew all along. Didn't we? I thought it was interesting that the following book was written by a man:

I kind of like the idea that women are better at everything, it gives us mean an excuse to get out of anything. "You are better at it, you should do it."

OK after my catty comment let's share an article about a long distance runner:

Myths vs. Reality. What really is the key to a long life? I think the following article will both surprise you and please you.

My car now starts. It only took one day and a thousand dollars but it starts. Now that I have a dependable car and the computers are fixed at work off I go to a sea of tax returns and if I don't drown I will look forward to reading your comments.

Who Am I?

Everyone knows my name. I was born in in 1892 and died in 1979 & was one of the thirty-six foundersof the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As one of silent film's most important performers and producers my contract demands were central to shaping the Hollywood industry. In consideration of my contributions to American cinema, the American Film Institute named me among the greatest female stars of all time. Throughout the 1910s and 1920s I was believed to be the most famous woman in the world, or, as a silent-film journalist described me, "the best known woman who has ever lived, the woman who was known to more people and loved by more people than any other woman that has been in all history." Throughout my career I starred in 52 features. I was married three times. I had a miscarriage and an abortion during my first marriage. Many people believed this led to my inability to have children. My second marriage was to a famous actor. During that marriage I gave a lot of thought to how fair banks were. My third and last marriage was to a band leader with whom I adopted two children. I used my stature to promote a variety of causes. During World War I I promoted the sale of Liberty Bonds, through an exhausting series of fund-raising speeches that kicked off in Washington, D.C. At the end of World War I, I conceived of the Motion Picture Relief Fund, an organization to help financially needy actors. After retiring from movies I developed alcoholism, the addiction that had afflicted my father. In addition to an Oscar for best actress I received an Academy Honorary Award for a lifetime of achievements. If you know America's Sweetheart, the girl with the curls, then you can answer the question, Who Am I?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Weird Laws, Bad Ideas, Going To The Birds & Oscar Fashion

The answer to yesterday's Who Am I was Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Let's laugh a little today. These weird laws will make you laugh for sure:

Next up is a really bad idea by a tourist in Germany:

Spy planes are going to the birds:

Now on to Oscar Fashion. You see some of the dresses here:,0,7897013.photogallery

I didn't like Jennifer Hudson's look. (#1 ), Amy Adams was my favorite (#3), I liked Jennifer Lawrence (#6).

The numbers refer to where they are on the web site.

Hope this day is a great one, not starting off all that great for me as I am off to have my car towed to the garage. Thank good for AAA. Make my day better by commenting away.